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PHYSICAL DISABILITY


The number of lights that are required depend on its size and layout. However, key areas that will need illumination for specific tasks include the toilet, sink, shower and/or bath.


warmer coloured LED lights. As well as creating a welcoming space, they are highly energy efficient, able to provide shadow-free illumination and are ideal for those with visual impairment issues and dementia.


Narrow beam (30°) ceiling LED task lights will direct light downwards, clearly highlighting specific task areas. The majority of lights on the market have a beam angle of 60°, so ensure that 30° ones are used for those with visual impairment or mobility issues.


Lights over mirrors, or embedded within the frame as a decorative feature, are ideal for those looking for task-specific lighting for shaving or make-up application and add a touch of glamour to any space.


A rocker switch or easy to hold pull cord will ensure residents can turn the lights on and off easily every time. A red hold cord, however, should not be used as this is the emergency cord colour.


To help care home managers, AKW has created a bathroom lighting pack. It contains everything needed to light a standard


The role of good lighting cannot be underestimated, particularly in high fall risk areas.


UK bathroom (with additional products that can be purchased separately for larger spaces) and the products conform to all relevant industry standards for a bathroom installation.


The pack contains five narrow beam (30°) ceiling task-focused LED lights- three for the bath/shower zone and two for the toilet and sink areas. There are two long-lasting, bright (1764lm) bathroom LED lights for the ambient lighting of the space and a blue pull-cord switch for those who need a contrast colour for ease of use.


To find out more about the AKW lighting kit, or to download a guide on how to light accessible bathrooms, created by AKW in conjunction with occupational therapists, visit: www.akw-ltd. co.uk/lighting.


Bathroom lighting modification is not just about highlighting risk areas and resolving issues, but also about promoting independence. With a little time and investment, good bathroom lighting has a lot of potential.


www.akw-ltd.co.uk


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